Paul K. Chappell will speak on war, peace and human nature and lead an instructional program on "waging peace" through citizenship at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast over the weekend of Friday to Sunday, October 25 to 27. Chappell is a veteran of the Iraq War, an author and peace leadership director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.

He will give a public talk, "Is World Peace Possible?," at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 25, and over the weekend will lead a 14-hour instructional program, "Strengthening the Power of Citizenship." On Saturday, October 26, at 7 p.m., he will give another presentation, open to the public, which will include a screening of "Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai" and discussion about the documentary on the first African woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize for her work in Kenya.

Chappell graduated from West Point and served as an Army captain for seven years, including a 2006 deployment to Baghdad. He wrote his first book, Will War Ever End?, while serving in Iraq; his fourth and latest is The Art of Waging Peace.

"One thing I learned when I was in the military," says Chappell, "is how excellent the training is. . . . If you take the average army officer and how much they know about waging war and the average activist and how much they know about waging peace, there's no comparison." If people want peace, says Chappell, they have to work for it.

Admission to the public talks is $10. Advance registration is required for the training program, which is $45 to $100 depending on whether the partial or full course is taken. For more information or to register for training, contact WP/Maine at 338-2361 or